Let’s rock our classrooms

The idea is an inspiration from a student of mine who added a comment on the class blog to the link I added there and Ken Wilson’s asking on twitter if there were any Elvis fans out there and then I thought ‘yay, I have  great ideas for the first lesson of the new decade. We will start tomorrow so this is what I’m planning to do.

My students will prepare a project on Elvis Presley.

1. We will watch a video of a song  and they will fill in the gaps.

Listen to the song and fill in the gaps

In the ghetto

As the —————- flies
On a —————- and gray Chicago mornin’
A poor little baby —————— is born
In the ghetto
And his ————————- cries
’cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need
it’s another —————- mouth to feed
In the ghetto

People, don’t you understand
the child needs a helping hand
or he’ll grow to be an angry ——————– some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too —————— to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way

Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto

And his —————- burns
so he starts to roam the ——————- at night
and he learns how to —————
and he learns how to ————-
In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation
a young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don’t get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man
face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto

As her young man —————-,
on a ———————– and gray Chicago mornin’,
——————- little baby child is born
In the ghetto

2. I’ll show them the animoto and do a dictation.

3. Then I’ll ask them to write a paragraph about him.

4. I’ll group them and ask them to write a story using narrative tenses and time clauses

‘Elvis was at our school today’

5. I’ll ask them to write an acrostic poem for the king of the rock, may be they can even sing it.

6. I’ll ask them to prepare a poster using some pictures and the data to display their work.

And now I’m looking forward to seeing Elvis in our school. Do you want to join me.


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